Whoops Jack the new Shelbourne ace
The Larry O'Shea-owned Whoops Jack has emerged as the new track sensation at Shelbourne following two remarkable runs over the past two weekends.
Following his great 29.38 run the previous weekend, he flew around the 550 course in the third semi-final of the BoyleSports Champion Stakes on Saturday. The Peter Cronin-trained tracker displayed awesome early pace when winning by three and a half lengths from Coolavanny Mason in 29.27.
The first heat saw Pat Guilfoyle's Good News lead all the way for a two-length winning margin over Drive On Tipp while in the second heat the winner was Paul Hennessy's Jaytee Yankee as he held Kilgraney Ace by three parts of a length in 29.56.
The draw for Saturday's final is: 1 Drive On Tipp, 2 Good News, 3 Jaytee Yankee, 4 Coolavanny Mason, 5 Whoops Jack (w), 6 Kilgraney Ace (w).
Ger Kiely's Airmount Tess duly made history on Friday when winning the Gain Corn Cuchulainn by a short head from Frankies Lady in 41.80. The winner's litter sister Lisacaha Brett was half a length third.
Heisman, owned by Lawrence and Brian Jones, set a new track record of 20.94 when winning the first of the second round heats of the Bar One Racing Irish Sprint Cup at Dundalk on Friday.